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Patrolman Michael J. Kavanagh | Nassau County Police Department, New York Nassau County Police Department, New York


Michael J. Kavanagh

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, May 29, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 1300

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 5/29/1977

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Not available

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Patrolman Kavanagh was struck and killed by a vehicle fleeing officers. He had stopped on Southern State Parkway near Newbridge Road in an attempt to divert traffic when the suspect vehicle struck him. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart for his actions.

Patrolman Kavanagh had been with the agency for ten years.

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It seems like only yesterday that I was being told you were not coming home....I remember that there were so many policemen in the house. I was so hoping it wasn't true. 36 years has passed by, but the memory seems like yesterday. I have read letters that people wrote recently afterwards...I gave me an insight of what kind of man you were in life. I only wished that I had more time with you. Love you...Daddy...May you rest in eternal peace.

Jane Kavanagh Wood
May 29, 2013


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